VITO contributed to a report of the World Health Organization (WHO) on environmental health inequalities in Europe.

Health equity, equity in health or health inequalities imply that ideally everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential. VITO contributed to a report of Environmental health inequalities in Europe presented at the WHO High-level Conference in Slovenia in June 2019. The section on chemical exposure was written with EEA (European Environment Agency) and UAntwerpen.

The conference provided evidence and information on the solutions that can be implemented to reduce health inequalities and accelerate progress towards better health, well-being and prosperity for all in the European Region. It highlighted 5 essential conditions needed to live a healthy life and showed how addressing these conditions can transform the lives of those being left behind while increasing everyone’s well-being and prosperity. The conference illustrated how shifting from fragmented approaches to integrated solutions and empowering approaches delivers rapid and sustainable improvements in health for all. It also showed how countries can make real progress in reducing gaps in health and well-being. 

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